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"Bo Burnham: What", Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Fringe, August

Armando Iannucci: Why do I want to change the system? The answer really is as simple as 1, 2, 3

AV is not complicated unless you call counting to three complicated. It's more modern and sophisticated

Cable makes final plea for 'historic' change to UK's voting system

Business Secretary defies PM and urges voters to back AV – as a former MP labels status quo a 'moonlighter's charter'

All is not rosy in Nick's back yard – but green shoots of recovery begin to emerge

Jonathan Brown visits the Deputy PM's Sheffield constituency and finds growing support for the Lib Dem leader and his AV crusade

BNP's opposition to AV exploited by Yes campaigners

Voters keen to distance themselves from the far right are courted by advocates of voting reform

'Yes' campaign gets off to a comedy start

It must surely be the first political campaign launch in memory to take place without a politician in sight.

No2Av campaigners refuse to publish donor details

Campaigners against reforming Britain's voting system today refused to publish details of the multi-millionaire donors who are bankrolling them.

Tears are never far from ruining the make-up of Eddie Izzard

His new DVD is far from a laugh-a-minute, but then so is its author. By Ian Burrell

Ooh la la! Funny man Izzard has plans to invade France

Eddie Izzard is to decamp to France. The comedian known for his surreal skits and slinky skirts is to move to Paris for three months from next April to perform a one-man show in French. Izzard said the project reflected his support for greater European unity.

The Sketch: Ed, you are more Gromit than Wallace

Yes, a roller coaster of emotions. You must have felt them too, as Harriet wound up the conference. They'd been disappointed, proud, sobered, fortified and as Lord Prescott would say, optimisticated. Yes, and when the polls come out they might get that lovely whizzy feeling you get going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Matthew Norman: Christine O'Donnell is one helluva scary witch

The would-be senator's strictures on honesty make George Washington look like the love-child of Tony Blair and Walter Mitty

From Dizzee Rascal to Eddie Izzard... Edinburgh Fringe line-up is revealed

The Edinburgh Fringe will continue its seemingly remorseless expansion this summer as organisers revealed the biggest line-up of artists in its 64-year history yesterday. With details of 2,453 shows and more than 40,000 performances contained within a 344-page programme, the world's largest arts festival has officially doubled in size over the last decade.

Pandora: Where is thy Sting?

Momentous news from Capitol Hill. As luminaries and their guests prepare to gather at this year's White House Correspondents Dinner, one couple will be conspicuous by their absence. To wit: Sting and Trudie Styler, first lord and lady of M-O-R and, inexplicably, regulars at the event, have decided to stay at home.

Eddie Izzard: Punish David Cameron for 'broken Britain' comment

Eddie Izzard has urged voters to punish David Cameron for "slagging off" Britain.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game